The State Government today announced two significant public art initiatives for inner city Perth.
Planning and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the Perth City Link Public Art Strategy will guide public artworks within the project area while a $220,000 public art piece will enhance the Claisebrook Village urban renewal project.
“A considered approach to enhancing the public realm through art is an important way to add to the experience and feel of a place, whether they are permanent major pieces or ephemeral artworks,” Mr Day said.
“The Perth City Link is one of the city’s most significant infrastructure projects and this Public Art Strategy will provide direction on themes, locations and types of public art to be included.
“There is also the provision for a major public artwork to be commissioned for the 1.1 hectare city square which will act as a landmark piece for the public place and the inner city generally.”
The Minister said EPRA today released an expression of interest for an artist or artistic team to create a large-scale piece for Claisebrook Village to celebrate the successful revitalisation of the area, which is in its final stages.
“Claisebrook Village boasts more than 30 public art works and is an outstanding example of how public art has been successfully integrated into an urban renewal project,” he said.
EPRA’s Public Art Policy is delivering more than $2million in public art across the redevelopment area, with works under way in the Claisebrook Village, New Northbridge and Riverside project areas. The ‘per cent for art’-based policy requires both public sector and private land owners to incorporate public art into new developments.
“With our growing population and evolving urban landscape the commissioning of public art to create landmarks for our city is an essential part of planning,” Mr Day said.
“There are also economic benefits to public art as it provides excellent opportunities for local artists as well as benefiting the Western Australian economy as a whole.
“Perth has some outstanding examples of world-class public art and these new initiatives add to the public collection of works that people can interact with, enjoy and appreciate just for a moment or for many years to come.”
Selection criteria and full details of the Claisebrook Village public art expressions of interest are available on the Tenders WA website.